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comb

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[ kohm ]
/ koʊm /
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to roll over or break at the crest, as a wave.

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RELATED WORDS

straighten, rummage, rake, forage, investigate, scrutinize, inspect, examine, sift, scour, ransack, sort, curry, tease, cleanse, separate, groom, smooth, disentangle, untangle

Nearby words

comate, comatic, comatose, comatulid, comayagua, comb, comb back, comb jelly, comb out, comb-footed spider, comb-out

Origin of comb

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before 900; Middle English; Old English comb, camb; cognate with Old High German kamb (German Kamm), Old Norse kambr, Greek gómphos “pin, peg,” gomphíos “molar tooth”; see cam1
Related formscomb·less, adjectivecomb·less·ness, nounun·combed, adjectivewell-combed, adjective

Definition for combing (2 of 2)

combings

[ koh-mingz ]
/ ˈkoʊ mɪŋz /

plural noun

hairs removed with a comb or a brush.

Origin of combings

First recorded in 1565–75; comb1 + -ing1 + -s3
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British Dictionary definitions for combing (1 of 2)

combings

/ (ˈkəʊmɪŋz) /

pl n

the loose hair, wool, etc, removed by combing, esp that of animals
the unwanted loose short fibres removed in combing cotton, etc

British Dictionary definitions for combing (2 of 2)

comb

/ (kəʊm) /

noun

verb

(tr) to use a comb on
(when tr, often foll by through) to search or inspect with great carethe police combed the woods
See also comb out

Word Origin for comb

Old English camb; related to Old Norse kambr, Old High German camb
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Idioms and Phrases with combing

comb


see fine-tooth comb.

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